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Research Project Description

Bioinformatics Programmer
Agriculture Research Service (ARS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Ames, IA


Project Description:

A Bioinformatics Programmer position is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Research Service (ARS) Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit in Ames, Iowa. As part of a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary team, the selected candidate will use his/her background to assist in various bioinformatics projects.   Duties may include configuration and loading of genome browsers for maize genomes, loading data into relational databases, developing web interfaces and tools related to genetic and genomic data, parsing and formatting data, and processing of associated genetic and genomic data including genetic markers, genes, transcriptome sequences, genetic trait locations, and regions of correspondence between genomes from related species.


This position requires a 4-year degree in computer science, management information system, computer information systems, bioinformatics, or a related discipline.

Preferred skills include knowledge of the Unix operating system, demonstrated ability to program in scripting languages including php, bash, awk, and perl; ability to understand and write SQL queries, knowledge of computational tools for making biological sequence comparisons, and knowledge of statistical methods.

While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with ARS, this position requires a pre-employment check and a full background investigation.

This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents and foreign nationals.

This is an equal opportunity program open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or covered veteran's status.

Additional Information:

The appointment is full-time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of the ARS and availability of funding. The annual stipend rate for this position is $27,267.  A travel allowance in the amount of $1,600 is available to reimburse travel related expenses to scientific and professional development activities.  The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Health insurance may be obtained through ORISE. The participant does not become an employee of the ARS or ORISE.

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How to Apply:

An application can be found at Please reference Project #ARS-CICGRU-2014-0050 in your application and when calling or writing for information.